Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Nigeria: Government Moves To Ban Gay PDAs
Joe.My.God. reports:

Yesterday Nigeria’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill making any public display of affection by homosexuals punishable by up to ten years in prison. The bill also calls for a 14 year sentence for gay couples that marry. 
“It is alien to our society and culture and it must not be imported,” House majority leader Mulikat Adeola-Akande said during debate, referring to same-sex marriage. “Religion abhors it and our culture has no place for it,” she added. House minority leader Femi Gbajabiamila said the bill represents “convergence of both law and morality.” He said that same-sex marriage “is both illegal and immoral.” Nigeria’s senate in November 2011 approved the bill that would make same-sex marriages punishable by up to 14 years for the couple and 10 for anyone abetting such unions. It also set out a 10-year sentence for “any person who … directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationships”. Gay organisations would also be made illegal, leading some to raise concerns over whether funding channeled through non-governmental organisations in Nigeria for AIDS treatment would be put in jeopardy.
The bill has already been approved by the Senate and will go to the president after a final House review. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation.

Nigeria: Government Moves To Ban Gay PDAs

Joe.My.God. reports:

Yesterday Nigeria’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill making any public display of affection by homosexuals punishable by up to ten years in prison. The bill also calls for a 14 year sentence for gay couples that marry. 

“It is alien to our society and culture and it must not be imported,” House majority leader Mulikat Adeola-Akande said during debate, referring to same-sex marriage. “Religion abhors it and our culture has no place for it,” she added. House minority leader Femi Gbajabiamila said the bill represents “convergence of both law and morality.” He said that same-sex marriage “is both illegal and immoral.” Nigeria’s senate in November 2011 approved the bill that would make same-sex marriages punishable by up to 14 years for the couple and 10 for anyone abetting such unions. It also set out a 10-year sentence for “any person who … directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationships”. Gay organisations would also be made illegal, leading some to raise concerns over whether funding channeled through non-governmental organisations in Nigeria for AIDS treatment would be put in jeopardy.

The bill has already been approved by the Senate and will go to the president after a final House review. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New York City: Nigerian Activists Deliver Petition To UN Mission

The Advocate reports:

Gay activists rallied outside the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations to oppose a law that would criminalize same-sex unions and threaten other far-reaching consequences.Pink News reports on the action Monday in New York, where representatives from Nigerian LGBTQI in Diaspora and the All Out campaign delivered a copy of a petition signed by more than 60,000 people across the world. The petition urges President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign the law approved by the Senate this week.“As the elected guardian of the human and civil rights of ALL Nigerians, I urge you to show respect for the diversity in our great democracy, and refuse to sign this bill,” says the petition written by Nigerian public health advocate Ifeanyi Orazulike.The pending legislation would impose prison sentences of up to 14 years for same-sex couples that attempt to marry, and punish people who assist the couples, such as witnesses, with up to 10 years in prison. Same-sex marriages and homosexuality already are illegal in Nigeria, where in some parts of the north, gays and lesbians can be stoned to death under Shariah law. International human rights groups have expressed concerns that the bill could be used to target any kind of same-sex relationship including couples who live together, while also hindering efforts to deliver HIV and AIDS services. Last month, Pink News reports that Nigerian activists held a kiss-in outside the embassy in London to protest the bill.Read the petition from All Out here.

New York City: Nigerian Activists Deliver Petition To UN Mission

The Advocate reports:

Gay activists rallied outside the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations to oppose a law that would criminalize same-sex unions and threaten other far-reaching consequences.

Pink News reports on the action Monday in New York, where representatives from Nigerian LGBTQI in Diaspora and the All Out campaign delivered a copy of a petition signed by more than 60,000 people across the world. The petition urges President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign the law approved by the Senate this week.

“As the elected guardian of the human and civil rights of ALL Nigerians, I urge you to show respect for the diversity in our great democracy, and refuse to sign this bill,” says the petition written by Nigerian public health advocate Ifeanyi Orazulike.

The pending legislation would impose prison sentences of up to 14 years for same-sex couples that attempt to marry, and punish people who assist the couples, such as witnesses, with up to 10 years in prison. Same-sex marriages and homosexuality already are illegal in Nigeria, where in some parts of the north, gays and lesbians can be stoned to death under Shariah law. 

International human rights groups have expressed concerns that the bill could be used to target any kind of same-sex relationship including couples who live together, while also hindering efforts to deliver HIV and AIDS services. Last month, Pink News reports that Nigerian activists held a kiss-in outside the embassy in London to protest the bill.

Read the petition from All Out here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch (Prop 8 Explanation, Australia’s Updates & More)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nigeria: Senate Votes To Criminalize Gay Marriage

The Advocate reports:

Senators in Nigeria voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would criminalize same-sex marriage with prison terms of more than a decade for couples and those who help them marry.The bill would penalize same-sex couples who marry with up to 14 years in prison, according to the Associated Press, while witnesses and others who assist them could be sentenced to 10 years. The House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill, and President Goodluck Jonathan has to sign it, but supports for the measure appears widespread in deeply religious Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa. Same-sex marriages and homosexuality already are illegal in the country, where in some parts of the north, gays and lesbians can be stoned to death under Islamic Shariah law. Countries throughout Africa have sought to criminalize homosexuality, most notably in Uganda, where an internationally decried measure would impose the death penalty for some gays and lesbians. Lawmakers in Nigeria have now tried three times to pass the law banning same-sex marriage, and a similar bill is being considered in Cameroon. The Nigerian bill has drawn sharp opposition from international human rights organizations that, according to the AP, sent a letter to President Goodluck earlier this month. Advocates fear that the bill could hinder HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts, stir violent antigay sentiments, and criminalize couples who live together without being married.

Nigeria: Senate Votes To Criminalize Gay Marriage

The Advocate reports:

Senators in Nigeria voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would criminalize same-sex marriage with prison terms of more than a decade for couples and those who help them marry.

The bill would penalize same-sex couples who marry with up to 14 years in prison, according to the Associated Press, while witnesses and others who assist them could be sentenced to 10 years. The House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill, and President Goodluck Jonathan has to sign it, but supports for the measure appears widespread in deeply religious Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa. 

Same-sex marriages and homosexuality already are illegal in the country, where in some parts of the north, gays and lesbians can be stoned to death under Islamic Shariah law. Countries throughout Africa have sought to criminalize homosexuality, most notably in Uganda, where an internationally decried measure would impose the death penalty for some gays and lesbians. Lawmakers in Nigeria have now tried three times to pass the law banning same-sex marriage, and a similar bill is being considered in Cameroon. 

The Nigerian bill has drawn sharp opposition from international human rights organizations that, according to the AP, sent a letter to President Goodluck earlier this month. Advocates fear that the bill could hinder HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts, stir violent antigay sentiments, and criminalize couples who live together without being married.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nigeria: Senate Moves To Ban Gay Marriage

A Paper Bird reports:

A Nigerian Senate committee held hearings Monday on the “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill.” This product of moral panic would provide criminal penalties for engaging in, solemnizing, or “aiding and abetting” a same-sex marriage — all quite unnecessary, since Nigeria’s colonial-era sodomy law already penalizes homosexual conduct sternly.Nigeria’s politics often have a slightly mad quality. The hearing was no exception, since some participants seemed to have no idea what the bill was about, believing they were there to opposea proposal for same-sex marriage, not support a ban against it. The Catholic Church mobilized in this addled fashion; Catholic Women of Nigeria (CWON) claimed it sent women from “36 states of the federation” who “converged in Abuja to march to the assembly.”

Speaking in a telephone interview, the CWON’s national president, Mrs. Felicia Onyaibo, said the women will this morning match to the National Assembly to hand in a letter of protest to the Senate President, David Mark, condemning the initiative, and urge him to discard such bill, as it is not in the interest of the nation and dignity of marriage.
“We are also extending invitation to the male counterparts to support us in this protest. They can join us in the protest today so that we can help fight this ill initiative, which is aimed at destroying marriage values and its dignity,” she said.
Other news stories lent credit to the same notion. But no one has offered a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Nigeria; no one in Nigeria has suggested it. Imaginative Christian soldiers, these souls are girding their loins and going off to war against a figment, a fiction, a ghost.  As a statement by bill opponents explained a month ago,We as human rights defenders are aware that not a single gay group has asked for the right to marry. Our advocacy is not directed at that.  We are advocating for tolerance and respect for everyone irrespective of his or her sex, gender, age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and gender identity, etc.
The spectral ability of same-sex marriage to induce a panic even in the absence of anyone proposing it has been repeatedly shown worldwide, and is worth deeper consideration. In this case, the bill would be largely a symbolic insult to the same-sex loving population, but one with practical ramifications — a bullying threat to public activism, and an affirmation that they have no place in Nigeria’s diverse array of communities and cultures.Meanwhile, at Monday’s meeting of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, opponents of the bill were given only two slots to speak, while proponents (that is, opponents of non-existent same-sex marriage) were given many more. The Senate President appeared at the hearing and “openly rejected the proposal for same sex marriage in the country,” which nobody proposed:“It is incomprehensible to contemplate on same sex marriage. I cannot understand it. I cannot be a party to it. There are enough men and women to marry each other. The whole idea is the importation of foreign culture, but this one would be a freedom too many. We cannot allow our tradition and value system eroded.
“It is offensive. It is repugnant. I will preach against it and we must stand up to reject same sex marriages in Nigeria. I do not think any religion support this. I don’t know where this whole idea of same sex marriage comes from.”
The Daily Times notes that the “senate president’s disposition on the bill is a strong indication of its fate. It suggests that the bill, which has failed at two consecutive sessions in the House of Representatives, may finally be passed into law by the Senate.”  But the paper adds, “the little population of public homosexuals in Nigeria – with help from the international community – have been able to put up a strong resistance to the promulgation of any law directly against the act [of same-sex marriage].”Aside from the question of international help, of which there’s been not so much, this is true. Activists in Nigeria managed to quash the early bill in 2006 -7 essentially on their own, by organizing, appearing at hearings, and speaking out when everybody believed they would be too intimidated to appear or to raise their voices. Courage to them as they face the same ruckus and rhodomontade for another round.

Nigeria: Senate Moves To Ban Gay Marriage

A Paper Bird reports:

A Nigerian Senate committee held hearings Monday on the “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill.” This product of moral panic would provide criminal penalties for engaging in, solemnizing, or “aiding and abetting” a same-sex marriage — all quite unnecessary, since Nigeria’s colonial-era sodomy law already penalizes homosexual conduct sternly.
Nigeria’s politics often have a slightly mad quality. The hearing was no exception, since some participants seemed to have no idea what the bill was about, believing they were there to opposea proposal for same-sex marriage, not support a ban against it. The Catholic Church mobilized in this addled fashion; Catholic Women of Nigeria (CWON) claimed it sent women from “36 states of the federation” who “converged in Abuja to march to the assembly.”

  • Speaking in a telephone interview, the CWON’s national president, Mrs. Felicia Onyaibo, said the women will this morning match to the National Assembly to hand in a letter of protest to the Senate President, David Mark, condemning the initiative, and urge him to discard such bill, as it is not in the interest of the nation and dignity of marriage.
  • “We are also extending invitation to the male counterparts to support us in this protest. They can join us in the protest today so that we can help fight this ill initiative, which is aimed at destroying marriage values and its dignity,” she said.
Other news stories lent credit to the same notion. But no one has offered a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Nigeria; no one in Nigeria has suggested it. Imaginative Christian soldiers, these souls are girding their loins and going off to war against a figment, a fiction, a ghost.  As a statement by bill opponents explained a month ago,
  • We as human rights defenders are aware that not a single gay group has asked for the right to marry. Our advocacy is not directed at that.  We are advocating for tolerance and respect for everyone irrespective of his or her sex, gender, age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and gender identity, etc.
The spectral ability of same-sex marriage to induce a panic even in the absence of anyone proposing it has been repeatedly shown worldwide, and is worth deeper consideration. In this case, the bill would be largely a symbolic insult to the same-sex loving population, but one with practical ramifications — a bullying threat to public activism, and an affirmation that they have no place in Nigeria’s diverse array of communities and cultures.
Meanwhile, at Monday’s meeting of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, opponents of the bill were given only two slots to speak, while proponents (that is, opponents of non-existent same-sex marriage) were given many more. The Senate President appeared at the hearing and “openly rejected the proposal for same sex marriage in the country,” which nobody proposed:
  • “It is incomprehensible to contemplate on same sex marriage. I cannot understand it. I cannot be a party to it. There are enough men and women to marry each other. The whole idea is the importation of foreign culture, but this one would be a freedom too many. We cannot allow our tradition and value system eroded.
  • “It is offensive. It is repugnant. I will preach against it and we must stand up to reject same sex marriages in Nigeria. I do not think any religion support this. I don’t know where this whole idea of same sex marriage comes from.”
The Daily Times notes that the “senate president’s disposition on the bill is a strong indication of its fate. It suggests that the bill, which has failed at two consecutive sessions in the House of Representatives, may finally be passed into law by the Senate.”  But the paper adds, “the little population of public homosexuals in Nigeria – with help from the international community – have been able to put up a strong resistance to the promulgation of any law directly against the act [of same-sex marriage].”
Aside from the question of international help, of which there’s been not so much, this is true. Activists in Nigeria managed to quash the early bill in 2006 -7 essentially on their own, by organizing, appearing at hearings, and speaking out when everybody believed they would be too intimidated to appear or to raise their voices. Courage to them as they face the same ruckus and rhodomontade for another round.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nigeria: Dacronian Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Proposed

The Advocate reports:

An antigay bill recently proposed in the Nigerian senate would criminalize same-sex marriage — already illegal in Africa’s most populous country — as well as impose penalties against any individual who “witnesses, abets and aids the solemnization of a same gender marriage contract.”Box Turtle Bulletin reportsthat the penalty for those who enter into a same-gender marriage under the bill, dated July 25, 2011, would be three years imprisonment. A previous, even more draconian bill on same-sex marriage from 2006, which ultimately did not pass, had sought to ban formation of any LGBT clubs and proposed a five-year prison sentence for anyone advocating on gay rights issues. Read the report here.

Nigeria: Dacronian Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Proposed

The Advocate reports:

An antigay bill recently proposed in the Nigerian senate would criminalize same-sex marriage — already illegal in Africa’s most populous country — as well as impose penalties against any individual who “witnesses, abets and aids the solemnization of a same gender marriage contract.”

Box Turtle Bulletin reportsthat the penalty for those who enter into a same-gender marriage under the bill, dated July 25, 2011, would be three years imprisonment. 

A previous, even more draconian bill on same-sex marriage from 2006, which ultimately did not pass, had sought to ban formation of any LGBT clubs and proposed a five-year prison sentence for anyone advocating on gay rights issues. 

Read the report here.